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Research in the College of International Studies

Recent Faculty Books

Waleed Mahdi, Arab Americans in Film: From Hollywood and Egyptian Stereotypes to Self-Representation (Syracuse University Press, 2020)

Manata Hashemi, Coming of Age in Iran: Poverty and the Struggle for Dignity (NYU Press, 2020)

Scott Fritzen (co-authored with MIchael Johnston), The Conundrum of Corruption: Reform for Social Justice (Routledge, 2021)

Afshin Marashi, Exile and the Nation: The Parsi Community of India and the Making of Modern Iran (University of Texas Press, 2020)

Recent Books by Affiliates/Center Directors

Literary Black Power in the Caribbean: Fiction, Music and Film (Routledge, 2021) by Rita Keresztesi, Affiliate Faculty and Executive Board Member, African Studies Institute

Nationalism in a Transnational Age: Irrational Fears and the Strategic Abuse of Nationalist Pride (De Gruyter, 2021), co-edited by Carsten Schapkow (with Frank Jacob), Affiliate Faculty and Director, Center for the Study of Nationalism

Strategic Communications in Russia: Public Relations and Advertising (Taylor and Francis, 2021) by Katerina Tsetsura, Affiliate Faculty in IAS

Recent Faculty Articles

Fabio de Sa e Silva in the Journal of Law and Society, "From Car Wash to Bolsonaro: Law and Lawyers in Brazil's Illiberal Turn (2014–2018)"

John Emery in Texas National Security Review, “Moral Choices Without Moral Language: 1950s Political-Military Wargaming at the RAND Corporation.”

Manata Hashemi in The Conversation, "How Iran's Millennials are Grappling with Crippling US Sanctions"

Eric Heinze in Ethics & International Affairs, "Limited Force and the Return of Reprisals in the Law of Armed Conflict"

Alexander Jabbari in International Journal of Islam in Asia, "Sinicizing Islam: Translating the Gulistan of Saʿdi in Modern China"

Bo Kong (with Kevin P. Gallagher) in Energy Research & Social Science, "Inadequate Demand and Reluctant Supply: The Limits of Chinese Official Development Finance for Foreign Renewable Power"

Joshua Landis in Foreign Affairs, "The Pointless Cruelty of Trump’s New Syria Sanctions"

Joshua Landis in Foreign Affairs (co-authored), "How to Win the Influence Contest in the Middle East"

Natalie Letsa in the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, "The Mechanisms of Direct and Indirect Rule: Colonialism and Economic Development in Africa"

Waleed Mahdi in American Quarterly, "Transmilitainment: Morocco’s Role in Hollywood’s War on Terror Films"

Waleed Mahdi, "Echoes of a Scream: US Drones and Articulations of the Houthi Sarkha Slogan in Yemen," in Eid Mohamed and Ayman A. El-Desouky, eds., Cultural Production and Social Movements after the Arab Spring Nationalism, Politics, and Transnational Identity (I.B. Tauris, 2021)

Michelle Morais de Sa e Silva in Third World Quarterly, "South–South cooperation resilience in Brazil: presidential leadership, institutions and bureaucracies."

Michelle Morais de Sa e Silva in Human Rights Quarterly, "Once Upon a Time, a Human Rights Ally: The State and its Bureaucracy in Right-Wing Populist Brazil"

Michelle Morais de Sa e Silva in Global Goverance, "An Intrastate Approach to the Withdrawal from International Organizations: The Case of Brazil and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights"

Aqil Shah in Foreign Affairs, "Will Pakistan’s Military Lose Its Grip on Power?"

Aqil Shah, “Pakistan: Persistent Praetorianism,” in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Military Politics (Oxford University Press, 2021).

Samer Shehata in the Guardian, "The Real Reason Trump is Terrified of Losing the Presidency: Fear of Prosecution" and in Al Jazeera, "Trump is Inciting Domestic Terrorism"

Xiangming Xiao, Center for Brazil Studies Affiliate Faculty, in Nature Climate Change"Carbon Loss from Forest Degradation Exceeds That from Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon" (PDF)

Faculty & Research Center News

Waleed Mahdi

Assistant Professor Waleed Mahdi recently moderated a panel in Dearborn, MI as part of the Connect Arab America: Empowerment Summit, in which he was recognized as one of the 40 under 40 Arab American personalities. The panel, "Championing Change: Arab Americans on Identity and Community Activism," featured prominent Arab American activists. Watch the panel discussion.

Michelle Morais de Sa e Silva

Michelle Morais de Sa e Silva, Assistant Professor of International Studies, gave two talks for institutions in Brazil: one to the Policy Transfer Lab at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio and another to the undergraduate program in international relations at the Federal University of Dourados (UFGD).

John Emery

John Emery, Assistant Professor of International Security and CIS's newest faculty member, was accepted as part of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) Mid-Career Cadre for 2021-2024. 

In addition his article “Moral Choices Without Moral Language: 1950s Political-Military Wargaming at the RAND Corporation," published in Texas National Security Review, was named a runner-up for the Janne Nolan prize from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

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Professor Karin Schutjer and CIS Associate Dean Mitchell Smith, on behalf of the OU German program in the Dept. of Modern Languages, Literatures & Linguistics and the EU Center, respectively, received a grant from the German Embassy to help fund an event series for the initiative "A Time to Act," Germany Campus Weeks 2021. Held the week of September 20, the series will focus on the German federal election and Jewish life in Germany.

Wick Cary Assistant Professor of Political Economy Natalie Letsa's article "Expressive Voting in Autocracies: A Theory of Non-Economic Participation with Evidence from Cameroon" was awarded the Heinz I. Eulau prize for best article published in the journal Perspectives on Politics in 2020.

Emma Colven


Assistant Professor of Global Environment Emma Colven is part of a team of researchers who recently received a Seminar Series Award from the Urban Studies Foundation for their project,"Decentering Urban Climate Finance: Relational Comparison in Theory and Practice."

Colven has also been awarded a Regional Studies Association Early Career Grant for her research project, "Speculating on Jakarta’s Future: Real Estate and Water Crisis in Jakarta." The project will begin in summer and run for 18 months. 

Natalie Letsa


Wick Cary Assistant Professor of Political Economy Natalie Letsa was awarded funding from the American Political Science Association Centennial Center and Warren E. Miller Fund in Electoral Politics to conduct research in Cameroon for her book manuscript, "The Autocratic Citizen: Partisanship and Political Behavior under Dictatorship," which seeks to understand why citizens in autocratic regimes feel attachment to political parties.

The OU Center for Peace and Development has been awarded a prestigious $175,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to support the center’s research mission and collaborative activities. The two-year grant will help develop projects under the theme “Peace, Conflict, and International Political Economy.” Read the press release (PDF).

Jonathan Stalling

Professor Jonathan Stalling, Harold J. and Ruth Newman Chair in US-China Issues, was awarded a Chinese patent for a language algorithm he developed, which uses Chinese characters to encode English speech sounds without disruptive effects. Read the story

Wick Cary Professor of Brazilian Studies Fabio de Sa e Silva was elected to the Law and Society Association Board of Trustees. Read the announcement.